Waterfront safety

Australia, 1966


This 1966 film takes place on the wharfs and ships at Fremantle Harbour, demonstrating safe working methods for waterside workers. It shows the correct handling of various types of cargo, including logs, grain and phosphate mined from Nauru. It emphasises the use of protective clothing and equipment. The film also shows the prevention and control of fires, including fire fighting ships.

Produced by the Western Australian Government Film Unit and presented by the Western Australian Department of Labour with Accident Prevention Organisation (Shipping).

Please note: As this is an archival work, the content does not reflect current practice or standards. Professional advice for up-to-date safety practices should be sought from the appropriate contemporary authority.

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production company

Western Australian Government Film Unit

Western Australia. Dept. of Labour



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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Docks

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industrial safety

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Safety education, Industrial

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Stevedores

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Fremantle (W.A.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Western Australia - Social life and customs

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Cargo handling

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Docks

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Stevedores

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Clothing, Protective

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Accidents - Prevention

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Clothing, Protective

History → Western Australia - History

Places → Fremantle (W.A.)

Places → Western Australia

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

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